Theatre (THTR)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
THTR 109 Introduction to Theatre 3 hours. Understanding the theatre experience through production examples and the critical examination of the contributions of playwright, actor, director, designer, and audience. Play attendance required.  Creative Arts, and Past course.
THTR 140 Polish Drama in Translation 3 hours. Elementary aspects of Polish dramatic theory and close reading of representative scripts selected from various periods. Same as POL 140. Taught in English.  Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.
THTR 150 Technical Theatre 3 hours. Basic techniques of play production. Survey of methods and materials of set construction, painting, stage lighting, backstage organization. Practical work with University Theatre. 
THTR 151 Fundamentals in Costume Construction 3 hours. Fundamentals of costume construction from conception to realization, through the use of sewing machines, pattern making, and historical research with practical projects. 
THTR 161 Introduction to Acting I 3 hours. Basic vocal and physical stage performance techniques including the role of character in relation to the intellectual and emotional landscape of a play. 
THTR 209 Modern Drama 3 hours. Theatre theories and techniques developed between 1870 and the present, notably those of Ibsen, Appia, Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Brecht, Artaud, and Grotowski. Prerequisite(s): THTR 109 and consent of the instructor. Creative Arts course.
THTR 210 Movement for Stage I 3 hours. Techniques in the physicalization of performance. Focus on the body in space as both primary and integrated theatrical communication. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in THTR 161. 
THTR 245 East Asian Theatre 3 hours. Survey of traditional theatre forms in China, Japan, and Korea, their cultural contexts, and influence on today's theatre. Students may also choose to research theatres of South East Asia.  Creative Arts course.
THTR 250 Set Design I 3 hours. Fundamental principles of visual perception: space, mass, balance, line, texture, shape, color, light, movement, tension and their use in creating visual environments for performance. Practical design projects required. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 150. 
THTR 255 Set Design II 3 hours. Basic interpretive and practical techniques in creating 3-dimensional performance environments including conceptualization, research, drafting, rendering and model building. Students create a design solution for one of the theatre productions. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 250.
THTR 256 Lighting Design 3 hours. Basic interpretive and practical techniques in creating and enhancing 3-dimensional performance environments through lighting. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 150. 
THTR 257 Costume Design I 3 hours. Basic interpretive and practical techniques in designing stage costumes including conceptualization, rendering and construction techniques. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 151. 
THTR 258 Costume Design II 3 hours. Practical research and rendering techniques in designing stage costumes for use in theatrical productions. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 257. 
THTR 259 Makeup Design 3 hours. Principle of designing and applying makeup for stage performances including prosthetics and wigs. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 150 or grade of B or better in THTR 151. 
THTR 260 Voice for the Stage I 3 hours. Fundamentals of vocal production, their physical and emotional characteristics and their relationship to body, space, action and emotion.
THTR 261 Voice for the Stage II 3 hours. The relationship between speech, sound, and dramatic sense. Detailed work on the principles of speech. Advancement of breath and phonation skills from Voice I. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 210 and grade of B or better in THTR 260.
THTR 262 Acting II: Scene Study 3 hours. Techniques of interpreting text, character, and dramatic action. Includes attention to alternative dramatic forms and modes of performance. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 210 and grade of B or better in THTR 260; and sophomore standing or above.
THTR 263 Acting II: Adaptations 3 hours. Techniques of adapting and interpreting text from fiction, short stories and novels into short dramatic scenes which the students write and act in. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 161 and grade of B or better in THTR 210; and sophomore standing or above.
THTR 280 Practicum in Performance 3 hours. Rehearsal and performance techniques, including script analysis, characterization, voice, movement, directing, or design. May be repeated to a maximum of 18 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department and completion of a successful audition. 
THTR 281 Practicum in Theatre Administration 1 TO 6 hours. Planning and execution of specific projects in administration and box office; publicity, budget, marketing, house management, and scheduling. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
THTR 282 Practicum in Costuming 1 TO 6 hours. Practical experience in all aspects of construction and maintenance, including millinery, mask making, wig making, pattern drafting, and makeup application. May be repeated to a maximum of 15 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
THTR 283 Practicum in Technical Theatre 1 TO 6 hours. Practical experience in various technical areas: scenery construction, set painting, stage lighting, sound, and properties construction. May be repeated to a maximum of 15 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
THTR 284 Seminar on Play in Production 3 hours. Research and development for play production using the current University production as an example. Special topics. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 
THTR 299 Individual Topics 1 TO 3 hours. Individual investigation of special problems. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, a 2.50 grade point average, and consent of the instructor. 
THTR 310 Movement for Stage II 3 hours. Advanced techniques in the physicalization of performance and the correlation of body and text as communicators of dramatic action. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 210; and junior standing or above. Recommended background: Advanced actor training and voice training. 
THTR 410 Movement for Stage III 3 OR 4 hours. Specialized topics in performance skills and physical theatre - incorporates clown, circus techniques, and mask work. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 310 and advanced physical performance experience; or consent of the instructor.
THTR 423 Playwriting 3 OR 4 hours. The development of scripts for stage performance. Same as ENGL 495. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and approval of the department and submission and approval of a playwriting sample or dialog-centered fiction prior to registration. 
THTR 444 Drama in Its Cultural Context I 3 OR 4 hours. Drama in its social and cultural context, through the seventeenth century. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.  
THTR 445 Drama in Its Cultural Context II 3 OR 4 hours. Drama in its social and cultural context, eighteenth to twentieth centuries. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.  
THTR 451 Advanced Acting: American Drama 3 OR 4 hours. Techniques of performing classical and modern American drama. Focus on character development and interpreting dramatic action. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 210 and grade of B or better in THTR 260; and grade of B or better in THTR 262 or grade of B or better in THTR 263; and sophomore standing or above.
THTR 452 Advanced Acting: Shakespeare 3 OR 4 hours. Techniques of performing monologues and scenes from Shakespeare's plays. Focus on Magical Realism and techniques of performing in verse. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 210 and grade of B or better in THTR 261; and grade of B or better in THTR 262 or grade of B or better in THTR 263; and junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
THTR 455 Acting: Comedy 3 OR 4 hours. Techniques of performing classic comedy. Emphasis on the "Commedia dell'arte" and improvisational comedy. Topics vary. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 262 or graduate standing in theatre. 
THTR 458 Advanced Acting: Chekhov 3 OR 4 hours. Techniques of performing scenes from Chekhov's plays and short stories. Focus on Naturalistic theater, Psychological Realism and craft of transforming into the character. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 452; or consent of the instructor or graduate standing in theatre.
THTR 459 Advanced Acting: Ensemble 3 OR 4 hours. Process and scoring of character development in a full-length twentieth-century play. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 1 time(s). Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 451 and grade of B or better in THTR 452 and grade of B or better in THTR 458; and junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
THTR 462 Voice for the Stage III 3 OR 4 hours. Advanced techniques in the integration of voice, speech, dialects, and other text-related vocal performance skills. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 452; and junior standing or above or graduate standing in theatre.
THTR 464 Special Projects in Theatrical Design 3 OR 4 hours. Twentieth-century styles: design for the contemporary stage. Problems in conceptualization, realization, and execution. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 2 time(s). Prerequisite(s): THTR 250 or THTR 256; or THTR 257 and THTR 259; or graduate standing in theatre. 
THTR 465 Stage Direction 3 OR 4 hours. Exploration of conceptual planning and implementation skills for the stage director ranging from script interpretation to rehearsal and performance. Performance projects required. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in THTR 210 and grade of B or better in THTR 250; and grade of B or better in THTR 256 or grade of B or better in THTR 257; or graduate standing in theatre.
THTR 466 Special Projects in Performance Training 3 OR 4 hours. Training in varying advanced techniques of performance. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 2 time(s). Prerequisite(s): THTR 262; or for graduate students, consent of the instructor. 
THTR 467 Advanced Acting: Brecht, Beckett, Pinter 3 OR 4 hours. Techniques of performing styles in the theatre of alienation and the theatre of the absurd. Focus on interpreting characters from plays by Brecht, Beckett and Pinter.  3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): THTR 459; and senior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
THTR 470 Contemporary Performance Techniques 3 OR 4 hours. The relationship of contemporary theory and performance techniques with attention to both text and non-text based forms. Topics vary. Performance projects required. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 1 time(s).
THTR 472 Investigative Collaboration 3 OR 4 hours. Collaboration as the primary means for theatrical creation. Production teams assigned to joint-production projects. Topics vary. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 1 time(s).
THTR 474 Internship 1 TO 8 hours. Students work in an approved professional setting. Individual projects developed through conferences with a faculty member and a field supervisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 1-6 hours for undergraduate students; or 1-8 hours for graduate students. Undergraduate credit should be in multiples of 3. Only three hours may be applied toward theatre major requirements. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above and 12 hours of upper-division courses in theatre, with a 3.00 grade point average in those courses.
THTR 475 Advanced Acting: Audition 3 OR 4 hours. Selection and performing of audition pieces from theater, film, and television. Professional seminars and discussions with actors, directors, agents and casting directors. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
THTR 491 Study Abroad in Theatre 0 TO 16 hours. Study abroad within an approved foreign exchange program or departmentsponsored program. May be repeated with approval. Approval to repeat course granted by the department. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department. 
THTR 498 Independent Study 1 TO 4 hours. Individual investigation of special problems that may be student-initiated or related to faculty research. May also be used for special University-sponsored projects, such as interdisciplinary seminars. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing and approval of the department.